America to Shanghai: Breaking Down DAC's Americas Qualifiers
Many of my colleagues have applauded
That patch is going to force us to reconsider what we expected from these games, which already had the potential to be the best of the month. Hopefully it'll give us some more exciting matches to place our Dota 2 bets on. Here's what you'll need to know before going into these series later today.
CompLexity has been hit-or-miss for some time, finding patches of success since bringing on Moo (formerly Digital Chaos) and Cancel after The International 2016. The most notable patch was when they upset EG and put themselves into a seemingly favorable position during the Boston Major
Their recent performances with new addition MonkeysForever have been impressive. Moo's GPM has risen 40% since 7.00 was released compared to 6.88F, and the team's KDA is steeply on the rise across the board.
Those comparisons are imperfect, particularly because many of their matches at the end of last year were against the world's best teams while their current matches have been fewer and largely against lower-caliber teams. However, CompLexity won or tied every match they've played
This will be the first opportunity for them to definitively win (or lose) against any of their region's remaining teams, as all three have traded even with CompLexity since 7.00's release. Despite this performance spike, CompLexity
The 7.XX era should, theoretically, immensely help teams which like to play high-risk
Team NP fits the bill of such a team. Additionally, they've had a couple months to practice coordination and group execution, a necessary skill which inarguably left them when it mattered most at the Boston Major.
Their play record has been strong, but Team NP has always struggled against their rivals, DC, against whom they've only won a single Captain's Mode game to date. Both teams are among the few to still focus more resources on their carry, while most of the world's teams have shifted for years toward a mid-centric model driven by
That's a style DC is just better at implementing, especially against similar opposition, possibly because DC plays less around the extremes of success and failure. That uncertainty seems to show in NP's drafts, wherein they have yet to play the same hero twice against DC.
It's unfortunate for NP that they face DC first in these
Resolution's average GPM on 7.01 was 658. As far as I'm aware, that's the highest average patch GPM for any professional-tier team to date (there was a period where USH and
This team is much more than Resolution, but most of what this team does well shows in that single number. They avoid unnecessary risk, create space, maximize efficiency and minimize unnecessary travel extremely well, creating opportunity
If you follow Dota even passively, then you know Digital Chaos come in as a favorite for this tournament qualifier. They've won their last seven consecutive
7.02 could throw a wrench in this beat; Misery as a captain asks his team for help when thinking about the game, but delegation takes
Although everybody familiar with
The team is fresh, relatively unknown, and has seen success in their region. Had this squad been formed two years ago, they'd be leaps ahead of their region's competition. Unfortunately for them, North America has been increasingly
If Onyx were to reach DAC, it would be an amazing upset which would rewrite the region similar to the way Wings Gaming were able to swing ahead of establishment China this time last year. They had the inarguably easier group stage, and still middle-finished. They've yet to beat Team NP or Digital Chaos in a